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The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee) is a nominal 650 megawatt boiling water reactor located in the southeastern corner of Vermont, in the town of Vernon. Vermont Yankee is the largest electric generation station within Vermont. In 2002, Vermont Yankee was sold by the eight New England utilities that owned the plant to Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Vermont Yankee began operating in 1972 and was licensed to operate for 40 years through March 21, 2012. Vermont Yankee received a renewed operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) extending the plant operation for an additional 20 years to 2032. In addition, Vermont Yankee also needed to receive approval from the State of Vermont to operate beyond 2012. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee petitioned the Vermont Public Service Board for a Certificate of Public Good in Docket 7862, to operate Vermont Yankee for an additional twenty-year period ending in 2032. However, on August 27, 2013, Entergy announced that Vermont Yankee would cease operations in the fourth quarter of 2014 for economic reasons, and also amended its petition in Docket 7862 to seek approval to operate only through December 31, 2014. On September 23, 2013, Entergy formally notified the NRC that it would cease operations in 2014.
On December 23, 2013, the State of Vermont and Entergy VY announced a Settlement Agreement (the “Agreement”) that resolved all ongoing litigation between the State and Entergy VY, and provided a path to decommissioning and site restoration of Vermont Yankee. The full text of the Agreement can be read here. The Agreement was contingent upon the Public Service Board issuing a Certificate of Public Good in Docket 7862 by March 31, 2014. As part of the Agreement, the State and Entergy VY submitted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Public Service Board in Docket 7862. The full text of the MOU can be read here. A joint statement by the parties to the Agreement can be read here.
On March 28, 2014, the Vermont Public Service Board conditionally granted Entergy VY an amended Certificate of Public Good (CPG) authorizing Entergy VY to own and operate the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station until December 31, 2014, subject to the MOU. The Final Order can be read here, and the Amended CPG can be read here.
In the present and coming years, Vermont faces a number of issues related to the Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee power station (Vermont Yankee) including:
- The national dilemma of no permanent storage plan for spent nuclear fuel from power reactors.
- Additional studies are being conducted concerning lessons learned from the problems uncovered at Fukushima, Japan following the tsunami event there.
The Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan also contains more extensive discussion of these and other nuclear issues.
The first meeting of the NDCAP was September 25, 2014.
Upcoming Meetings are scheduled for:
October 30, 2014
November 20, 2014
December 18, 2014
Meeting locations, agendas and times will be announced once they are known.
All Panel meetings are open to the public.
Meeting of September 25, 2014
- NDCAP Mission Presentation
- Stakeholder and Issue Assessment for VT Yankee Decommissioning Presentation
- DRAFT of Meeting Minutes
- Video (BCTV) of the meeting:
- Entergy Presentation
- Settlement Agreement - discussed but not specifically presented.
- “Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Animation” by Entergy Corp.
Reports & Resources
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station - NRC Integrated Inspection Report for the period January 1 through March 31, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14132A183)
For Emergency information on Vermont Yankee, see the Vermont Radiological Emergency Response Plan for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station.